By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford vowed on Tuesday he would stay away from drugs, alcohol and "bad company" as he tries to rebound from a drug scandal that prompted city council to strip away much of his power. Ford, who insists he is neither an alcoholic nor a drug addict, said he had not had a drink in three weeks. 100 percent." Ford made the comments one day after the city council voted to remove much of his power.
By Jeffrey B. Roth GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Thousands of spectators gathered on Tuesday to mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, considered one of the greatest speeches in American history for saying so much in so few words. Lincoln delivered the 272-word speech in 1863 only months after the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle is considered a turning point in the U.S. Civil War, but the future of the United States as one nation was by no means secured when Lincoln made his call for the nation to dedicate itself to democracy and liberty, said historian James McPherson, a keynote speaker at the commemorative event. "Without Lincoln's leadership to make that victory possible, there might be today in North America, two or several United States," McPherson said.
SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — A United Methodist minister convicted of breaking church law by officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son said Tuesday he is unrepentant, declaring he has been called by God to be an advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.
MIAMI (AP) — The HealthCare.gov website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the vast majority of users.
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday granted an avowed white supremacist serial killer a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to be put to death, allowing him time to challenge Missouri's new lethal drug protocol. Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing one man and wounding two others outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977. He was scheduled to be executed early Wednesday morning at a Missouri prison.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man charged with a deadly shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International Airport has been released from the hospital where he was recovering from bullet wounds and turned over to federal marshals, a U.S. attorney's spokesman said on Tuesday. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, whose injuries included a gunshot to the face when arrested, had been heavily sedated, incapacitated and listed in critical condition in the aftermath of the November 1 shooting, according to court documents. He is accused of killing one Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding two other TSA officers and an airline passenger with a rifle inside the airport, also known as LAX, before he was gunned down by airport police. A day after the shooting, Ciancia was formally charged with killing a federal officer and committing an act of violence at an international airport.
President Barack Obama's HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday. The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama's healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare. Opinion polls show the botched rollout of the online marketplace for health insurance policies has hurt the popularity of the effort. The website collects personal data such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, email addresses and other information that criminals could use for a variety of scams.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama personally appealed to senators Tuesday to hold off on seeking additional sanctions on Iran while the U.S. and other world powers negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - A Virginia state senator was stabbed and seriously wounded at his home on Tuesday, and police said they were investigating whether the senator's son may have carried out the attack before committing suicide. Creigh Deeds, a 55-year-old Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2009, was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with stab wounds to his head and upper body, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. His 24-year-old son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, was alive at the home in Millboro, about 100 miles west of Richmond, when police arrived, Geller said, but died at the scene of a gunshot wound.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009 despite his reserved demeanor and humble farmland roots, was stabbed early Tuesday, apparently by his son, police said.
By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - George Zimmerman, who was acquitted last summer in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was released from jail on Tuesday after his arrest for an incident in which he is alleged to have pulled a shotgun on his girlfriend. Zimmerman was released by sheriff's deputies from a jail in Sanford, Florida, after a court hearing in which Seminole County Judge Fred Schott said he found probable cause for Monday's arrest and set bail at $9,000. The judge set January 7 as the date for Zimmerman's next appearance in court on charges stemming from a domestic dispute on Monday, when he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend in her central Florida home. He also banned Zimmerman from any travel outside Florida and ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring device for the duration of his release on bond.